I am a prenursing student.
I have a friend who is seperated from her husband currently. She is not divorced yet, but her husband is living with his pregnant girlfriend.
Here is my question. The pregnant girlfriend's mother, who lives in a completely different city, has accessed my friend's daughter's shot record. My friend's daughter is about to start kindergarten. The girlfriend's mother is a school nurse in a different city. If you are familiar with Texas, the mother (my friend) lives in Fort Worth, and the person who looked up the child's shot record lives in Big Spring. There was no reason for this school nurse to look up my friend's daughters shot record. The child will not be attending that school. We don't even know this woman's name. All we know is my friend went to her husband's house to pick up her daughter a few days ago, and he told her that the school nurse (pregnant girlfriend's mother) looked up her shot record and informed them that she needs 3 shots before school starts.
My opinion is, this is a breach of patient confidentiality, because the school nurse has no direct contact with or need to know basis to access this record.
What is your opinion, and is there anything that my friend can do? She is quite upset about the whole thing.
Thanks for any/all advice!